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Auditions for Mary Poppins Jr. (Our summer musical)

OUR SUMMER MUSICAL: MARY POPPINS JR.

Directed by Ian Mairs

Musical direction Isabel Dondero

Choreography Tess Sturgeon

 

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

 

Auditions: Saturday, April 23rd, 2022   10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Ages 7-10 10:00-11:30, Ages 11-15 11:30-1:00 pm.)

The audition will consist of learning a very short movement combination, singing one minute of a Disney Broadway song, and reading from the script.

Rehearsal schedule: Monday-Friday June 6th-24th 9:30 a.m-1:00 p.m. (Principals until 2:00 p.m.) at our studio located at 425 West Town Place, unit 112, (World Golf Village) St. Augustine, 32091.

Performances are June 24th (7:30 p.m.) June 25th (7:30 p.m.) and June 26th (2:00 p.m.)

at Lewis Auditorium (Flagler College) 16 Granada Street, St. Augustine, Florida.

Tuition: $525 (42 contact hours/12.00 an hour) Sibling discounts available.

Please note: The roles of Mary and Bert will be played by Teaching Artists.

Roles available:

 

George Banks

Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pip-and-slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children and believes that Miss Andrew, his cruel, strict childhood nanny, gave him the perfect upbringing. George’s emotional armor, however off-putting, conceals a sensitive soul.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 

Winifred Banks

George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. She is a loving homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s social aspirations while striving to be a model wife and mother. Cast an actor who can portray a great warmth and depth of feeling.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Jane Banks

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Michael Banks

The cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and longs desperately for his attention. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents. Michael should be a great actor and singer.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Brill

The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath.

Gender: Female

 

Robertson Ay

The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks.

Katie Nanna 

Katie Nanna is Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. This role is perfect for a performer who is not quite ready for a larger role.

Gender: Female

Neleus

Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.

 

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Bb4

Bird Woman

The Bird Woman is covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell the crumbs to Passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist.

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Honeybees

The Honeybees are conjured by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Miss Smythe

Miss Smythe is the bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.

Gender: Female

Chairman

Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt.

 

Von Hussler

Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal.

John Northbrook

John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: D4

Vocal range bottom: C3

Mrs. Corry

Mrs. Corry owns a magical Talking Shop. She is a mysterious woman of indeterminate age, but has plenty of spirit and is sharp as a tack.

Gender: Female

Vocal range bottom: C#4

Miss Andrew

Miss Andrew is George’s overbearing and scary childhood nanny. With her bottle of nasty- tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a bully who only knows one way of doing things: her way.

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: G#3

Chimney Sweeps

Chimney Sweeps (including Sweep 1,
 Sweep 2, Sweep 3, and Sweep 4) are Bert’s cheerful, friendly, and agile friends who keep London’s chimneys in working order. These actors should be great dancers and good singers, capable of bringing the show-stopping number “Step In Time” to life.

 

Policeman and the Messenger

The Policeman, a neighborhood patrol officer, and the Messenger, who delivers a summons to George from the bank, are great roles for students new to the stage that might not be ready for a large role.

Featured Dance Ensemble

This ensemble will be featured during dance breaks in several numbers including Step In Time.

Ensemble

The ensemble will function as park strollers, statues, passersby, buskers, kite flyers and chimney sweeps.